Tuesday October 10th is the 100th birthday of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Often referred to as "the Picasso of bebop," or "the High Priest of bop," Monk helped to push jazz to a new era and beyond.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the bebop scene was full of unusual, quirky sounds and characters, but none quite so unpredictable and original as Monk. He may have frightened some jazz fans away with his sometimes bizarre behavior, but the musicians knew they were dealing with genius.
"Jazz is my adventure. I'm after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That's it. Just using notes differently." - Thelonious Monk
Celebrate the mystery, the genius, the humor and the beauty of Thelonious Monk's music with us on Tuesday, October 10th from 9am to 3pm on Midday Jazz, and from 7:30pm to 12am on Evening Jazz. We'll be playing long sets of Monk's music and telling the stories behind it.
Also, check out the many Thelonious Monk tributes happening during the Earshot Jazz Festival, including Danilo Pérez's "Panamonk" project, Jason Moran's multi-media presentation "In My Mind," and Monk's son, T. S. Monk performing some rediscovered compositions.